Senate vote to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood fails

Senate vote to block federal funding to Planned Parenthood fails

A procedural Senate vote on a bill designed to bar federal funds for Planned Parenthood failed on Monday as the measure could not receive the 60 votes required to bring the measure up for debate.

A total of 53 Senators voted in favor of the bill, while 46 opposed it. A minimum of 60 votes were required for the measure to pass the test.

Planned Parenthood recently came under intense scrutiny after an anti-abortion group released multiple videos showing that the nonprofit group is profiting from the sales of fetal tissues. However, Planned Parenthood officials have repeatedly denied the allegation.

Conservatives in both the U.S. House and Senate want the government to block any further financial support from going to Planned Parenthood.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who pushed Senate leaders for a vote on Planned Parenthood this week, gave a mixed reaction. He said, "I support any legislation that will defund Planned Parenthood. But (I) don't think you start out with your objective to shut down government."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to rule out attaching a provision to the upcoming spending bill, saying they would discuss how to fund the government after the recess.

House Speaker John Boehner emphasized that he was awaiting more facts before deciding next step as a number of congressional committees have launched investigations into the controversial videos.

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